52 Helpful Products That Are Popular AF On Amazon
So much of life is just upkeep: fending off unwanted breakouts, keeping your home relatively clean, and trying to ease the aches and pains that seem to
magically appear at the age of 25 (which somehow keep increasing forever thereafter). Fortunately, there are tons of helpful products on Amazon that work to address exactly those sorts of things. From an acne-clearing lotion to a lower back stretcher that gradually works to reduce pain, you'll find a trove of items that'll give you a hand in the maintenance department.
Aside from helping out with your everyday grind, you'll also find plenty of products that fall into the "why-didn't-I-ever-think-of-that" category — like a camera tripod with flexible legs that can wrap around a tree branch. There's even a motion-detecting nightlight that'll illuminate your walk to the kitchen for a midnight snack and turn off when you tuck yourself back into bed.
And since all these items are available on Amazon, you can do all your shopping on one website. In other words, your email inbox won't fill up with an avalanche of emails from multiple retailers, which can become hard to keep track of. With that being said, this shopping guide will
even help you with your inbox upkeep.
These Wet Wipes That Are Infused With Skin-Soothing Aloe
Get extra clean with these
wet wipes that are 25% larger and thicker than most wipes. The flushable clothes are made from natural plant-based fibers and infused with moisturizing, skin-soothing vitamin E and aloe. Each order comes with three packs of 48 wipes.
This Insulated Can Holder That Keeps Your Drinks Cold
can insulator is made with double-walled stainless steel, so it's a big improvement on standard beer grips. Compatible with slim 12-ounce cans, it's condensation-resistant and locks each can in place (so it won't hit you in the teeth when you take that last sip). Choose from dozens of colors, such as aqua, plum, walnut, and matte gray.
These Pet-Grooming Gloves That Your Animals Will Probably Love
Slip on these
pet-grooming gloves to remove excess fur on your dog or cat. The gloves are outfitted with silicone tips that massage and calm your pet while collecting loose fur. They're sold in one size and feature an adjustable velcro strap. The gloves are basically perfect for keeping upholstery and clothing pet hair-free.
A Bendable Tripod That You Can Wrap Around Almost Anything
tripod has flexible, octopus-style legs — so you can wrap it around tree branches and fence posts (or just set it upright on a flat surface). The top of the tripod features 360-degree rotation, and the accompanying remote lets you take selfies from a distance of up to 30 feet. Use it with smartphones, cameras, and sports cameras.
This Wrap-Around Travel Pillow That Helps You Snooze Upright
Wrap this unique and
very well-reviewed travel pillow around your neck like a scarf, and the built-in support will keep your neck or chin upright. That way, you can catch some zzz's on your flight without leaning over too much. It's a lot less bulky than other travel pillows, and the cover is made from soft, machine-washable fleece.
This Bee Propolis Spray That Boosts Your Immune System
Arm yourself with this bee
propolis spray to stay well during cold and flu season. It claims to support the immune system and soothe sore throats, and it's filled with antioxidants. The non-GMO spray is made with natural, high-grade bee propolis (95% of it, to be exact) — and it's free of gluten, common allergens, pesticides, and chemicals. As always, consult your doctor before adding this treatment to your routine.
A Refrigerator Deodorizer That Also Helps Keep Produce Fresh
refrigerator deodorizer doesn't just keep your fridge odor-free; it also keeps produce fresher for two to four times longer. The nontoxic, fragrance-free deodorizer removes excess moisture to prevent mold and mildew growth — and it's effective for up to six months (which is much longer than baking soda, per the brand). Use it in the freezer, too.
This Under-The-Sink Storage Shelf With A Cutout For The Pipe
Double the storage space in your kitchen or bathroom with this
under-the-sink storage shelf. The unit is expandable from 15 to 25 inches, so it fits spaces of most sizes. Plus, the cutout in the middle is cleverly designed to accommodate that under-the-sink pipe.
These Clear Bins That Help You Organize A Chaotic Refrigerator
Control the chaos in your refrigerator with these super helpful
fridge storage bins. The six-pack helps you divide and organize your produce, beverages, yogurt, condiments, and more — so you always find exactly what you're looking for. The BPA-free set comes with two wide drawers, two narrow drawers, a can dispenser, and an egg crate.
The Bag-Sealing Clips That Help Your Bread Stay Fresh
Keep your food fresh with these
bag clips that securely cinch the tops of bags to seal the air out. The clips are brightly colored, so they're always easy to find — and they're great for bread, rice, nuts, beans, dried fruit, and frozen veggies. Each set comes with three of them.
The Endlessly Reusable Food Storage Bag That'll Save You Big Money In The Long Run
Invest in this
reusable food storage bag, and you won't have to shell out for (non-biodegradable) plastic bags every month. Made from BPA-free platinum silicone, it features a pinch-lock seal and is microwave-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe. It can even be used in boiling water for sous vide cooking. This 1/2-gallon size is extra roomy, but you can also opt for sandwich or snack bags.
A Super Absorbent Hair Towel That Helps Prevent Heat Damage
hair towel soaks up 50% more water than cotton, which means you'll spend a lot less time with your blow dryer. Not only will this save time in the morning, but it'll also help you cut down on heat damage caused by hair-drying appliances. Made from Aquitex microfiber, the smooth-surface towel also helps prevents unwanted frizz and breakage.
This Spoon Clip That Holds Your Utensil Right Over The Pan
The problem with a traditional spoon rest is that you can still get marinara sauce or chili all over your stovetop when you transfer the spoon. To prevent that from happening, use this genius
pot clip to secure your utensil. It fits on the rim of various pots to keep your spoon in place, and it's both dishwasher-safe and heat-resistant up to 482 degrees Fahrenheit.
A Convertible Vacuum That Can Be Used For Floors And Furniture
This combination handheld and stick
vacuum is the perfect way to keep your home clean without investing in multiple gadgets. The convertible unit comes with a crevice tool, a mini brush, and an extension tube. Use this on big surfaces (such as your living room floor), and in small crevices.
This Adjustable Rack That Stores Lids More Efficiently
Store pot and pan lids upright — so they're not all piled on top of each other — with this genius
lid organizer. The unit comes with seven adjustable dividers, so you can accommodate the sturdy lid to your Dutch oven and thinner food storage lids.
The Massager That's Specifically Designed For Your Hands
Musicians, athletes, people who work with their hands, and anyone dealing with carpal tunnel or arthritis will love this
hand massager. It features two ends with massage rollers; use the single roller end to massage the palms of your hands, and use the double roller end to massage both sides of your fingers simultaneously.
These Magic Cleaning Sponges That'll Make Your Home Look Brand New
magic sponges are truly magic, because they can erase markings, stains, scuffs, gunk, and grime with just a little water. They're thicker and more durable than most sponges — and each pack comes with 20, so you won't run out anytime soon. Use them on tile, stainless steel, leather, marble, and painted walls.
These Sturdy, Reusable Twist Ties That Have So Many Uses
You can use these
reusable twist ties to secure all sorts of things: cables, food storage bags, and hoses (to name a few). You can also use them to stake plants in your home or garden. Made from flexible rubber, the twist ties are durable, waterproof, and UV-resistant. Each order comes with eight brightly colored ties.
A Teeny Tiny Vacuum That Quickly Cleans Up Small Messes
Perfect for small messes, this
desktop vacuum easily cleans up crumbs, paper shreds, dust, and pet hair. The battery-powered device can be used on both hard and soft surfaces, so you can use it on your desk, kitchen table, couch, or car seat. Choose from three colors: black, pink, or blue.
An Iron Caddy That Can Be Wall Mounted Or Hung Over The Door
An ingenious storage solution, this
iron caddy can be directly mounted to your laundry room wall or simply hooked over the door. It has a basket to hold your iron, as well as two hooks to hold your ironing board upright — so much more convenient than leaning it up against the wall.
These Shock-Absorbing Heel Cups Made With Gel
Relieve heel pain, tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis with these
heel cups made from shock-absorbing gel. The cups fit into most shoe types — sneakers, dress shoes, and boots — where they elevate the heels to minimize pressure and provide cushioning to make every step more pain-free.
A Bacteria-Fighting Pillow Mist That Works To Prevent Acne
antibacterial pillow mist is a surprisingly effective way to fend off unwanted blemishes. Formulated with lavender, tea tree, and peppermint essential oils, the mist claims to eliminate acne-causing bacteria on your pillowcase. Bonus: The relaxing scent of lavender will help you fall asleep ASAP.
This Device That Stretches Your Lower Back And Relieves Pain
lumbar stretcher is a genius way to relieve lower back pain. It uses the power of gravity — along with acupressure points — to decompress the spine, loosen tight muscles, and stimulate circulation. Just place it on the floor and lie on top of it for 15 minutes at a time. It has three adjustable levels, so you can get a deep or gentle stretch.
A Night Light That Turns On When It Detects Motion
Illuminate middle-of-the-night bathroom trips with this
motion sensor night light that automatically turns on when it detects motion within 8 feet. The light remains on for a full 60 seconds, and the backlight design prevents any unpleasant brightness in the dark. If you prefer, you can disable the motion sensor setting so that it just stays on all night long.
This Drying Lotion That Helps Heal Blemishes On The Spot
You can remedy acne while you sleep with this
drying lotion by cult-favorite skincare brand Mario Badescu. It's formulated with salicylic acid, calamine, zinc oxide, sulfur, and more that work to soothe irritation while removing oil so your complexion heals in record time. To use it, just pat the pink formula over your individual blemishes and wash it off in the morning.
These Microfiber Cleaning You Can Use Again And Again
The double-layer design of these
microfiber cleaning cloths makes them extra thick and durable. The soft, plush material offers scratch-free and lint-free dusting, as well as streak-free cleaning when used with water or cleaning fluid. They're machine-washable and reusable, and the five brightly-colored cloths just might cheer up your cleaning routine.
These Silicone Dish Scrubbers That Smell Like Peaches
Wash dishes, clean the bathroom, or even scrub your car with this versatile
scrubber that one reviewer claims, "cleans better than any scrubber or sponge I have ever used." They're made from fast-drying, antimicrobial silicone — so they shouldn't breed germs. They're also resistant to odor and smell like fresh peaches.
This Easy-To-Use Ear Wax Washer That Was Built By A Physician
Yes, this looks like a house cleaning tool, but it's actually an
ear washer that cleans out built-up wax with just a few spritzes. It was invented by a physician, and it's super simple to use: Just fill with an ear cleaning solution, twist on the disposable ear tip, and squeeze the handle.
A Wi-Fi Extender That Gives You So Much More Coverage At Home
Walls, basements, extra-big spaces: All of it can cut down on the amount of Wi-Fi coverage you get at home. This
Wi-Fi extender, though, boosts your signal, so you get coverage up to 1,200 feet, and all you have to do is plug it in and connect it to your existing router. It's compatible with all standard routers, access points, and service provider gateways, and it can handle up to 20 devices at once.
These Gel Toe Stretchers That Help Realign Your Feet Over Time
Relieve pain caused by bunions, hammer toes, or narrow shoes with these
toe stretchers. Made from medical-grade gel, they stretch and straighten your toes to promote proper, pain-free alignment. Wear them for 15 minutes a day to begin, then work your way up to one hour.
A Facial Cleanser That's Made With Egg Whites
You can improve your skin texture with this
facial cleanser that's formulated with egg whites that are rich in albumin, an amino acid that plumps and smooths the skin while working to unclog pores. The formula is also rich in other nutrients like niacin and selenium, which soothe inflammation and protect skin from UV damage.
This Electric Can Opener That Cuts Along The Side
Unlike most can openers, this
electric can opener opens along the side of the can instead of on top, which prevents splashing and keeps the blade from making contact with food (in other words, it's not as messy). It's compatible with both regular and pop-top cans — and since it makes a smooth cut, you shouldn't have to worry about jagged edges that could be dangerous.
The Handheld Veggie Peeler That Has 3 Interchangeable Blades
Spin the dial on this
peeler to use one of three stainless steel blades. There's a julienne blade, a standard blade for peeling potatoes, carrots, and other solid veggies, and a serrated blade for tomatoes and soft fruit. The ergonomic peeler is dishwasher-safe and has a built-in potato eye remover.
A Highly Rated Food Chopper For Easy Meal Prepping
Mince, chop, dice, blend, and puree with this super highly-rated
food chopper by Ninja. The 2-cup capacity chopper is BPA-free and features a 200-watt motor and pulse technology. Use it to quickly chop onions, cheese, nuts, herbs, and chocolate. You can also use it to make salsa, dressing, sauces, and spreads.
This Wall-Mounted Surge Protector That Saves Tons Of Outlet Space
Get so much more plug-in space — without having to deal with a power strip hanging out on the floor — with this wall-mounted
surge protector. With six 3-prong outlets and two USB ports, it features an LED light that indicates surge protection status to ensure all your devices and appliances remain safe while plugged in.
This Pour-Over Coffee Maker That Extracts A Richer Cup Of Joe
pour-over coffee maker gives you full control over the speed of your brewing, so you can get a more flavorful and aromatic cup of coffee. It also comes with a permanent stainless steel mesh filter that doesn't trap the natural coffee oils. The container is made from hand-blown borosilicate glass, and it features a cork band for comfortable pouring.
A Heavy-Duty Hand Cream That Reviewers Swear By
Reviewers sing the praises of this heavy-duty
hand cream, that works to repair severely dry, cracked hands. It creates a protective layer on the surface of skin, instantly boosting hydration while keeping further moisture loss at baby. This reviewer wrote, "I work as a chef and constantly have very dry hands with cracked skin on my knuckles. I have tried a multitude of creams and this is the only one that actually helps and with only a couple of applications"
This Sharpener That Restores The Edge To Your Dullest Knives
Keep your kitchen knife blades sharp with this two-step
knife sharpener. The coarse tungsten carbide blades feature pre-set angles that make dull knives razor-sharp with just a few strokes. Follow up with the two crossed ceramic rods on the other side of the sharpener to create a smooth, finished edge. Use it with cooking knives, fillet knives, and outdoor knives.
These Food Storage Containers That Feature Vents For Easy Microwaving
Not only are these
food storage containers microwave-safe, they actually feature built-in vents that prevent splatter while microwaving. The set comes with a total of 21 containers with lids that snap together at the base for easy stacking. They're BPA-free, dishwasher-safe, and come in all shapes and sizes.
These Air Purifier Filters That Maximize Performance
Regularly replacing your
air purifier filte r ensures you're getting the best results possible, so you can breathe easy. Compatible with this highly-rated Germ Guardian air purifier, the complete set comes with a charcoal filter to reduce odors and a HEPA filter to reduce dust, dander, pollen, and mold spores.
A 3-In-One Tool To Halve, Pit, And Slice Your Avocados
Making avocado toast and guacamole just got a lot easier, thanks to this ingenious three-in-one
avocado slicer. It features a serrated blade to cut through skin and halve avocados, a stainless steel pitter to remove the pit, and a fan blade to slice the avocado into seven uniform pieces. The ergonomically-designed slicer is also dishwasher-safe.
These Grips That Help You With Those Tough-To-Open Jars
Unless you're Popeye or The Hulk, you might need a little help in the jar-opening department from time to time. Use these
jar grips to give you some extra hold on the container. The set comes with three pieces: a square grip and a round grip for big jars, and a cone-shaped grip for narrow jars.
The Kit For Growing Totally Unique Veggies In Your Garden
Plant a not-so-ordinary garden with this
vegetable growing kit that comes with seeds for purple carrots, black corn, Romanesco broccoli, and lemon cucumbers . The non-GMO seeds have a 90% germination rate (i.e., you don't have to be an expert to make them grow), and come with soil discs, biodegradable pots, and a manual to help you get started.
The Wool Dryer Balls That Fluff Laundry And Save On Drying Time
dryer balls made with New Zealand wool don't just fluff and soften laundry; they also speed up drying time, since they help improve dryer airflow. They're extra-large — and unlike dryer sheets, they don't have to be replaced again and again. Therefore, you'll save big money in the long run. Each order comes with six.
These No-Tie Shoelaces That Never Come Undone On A Run
Replace your regular laces with these
no-tie shoelaces and you'll never have to pause your workout to re-tie again. Just pull the cinch-lock to tighten the laces to your preferred tension, and then loosen them up when you're ready to kick off your sneakers. The stretchy, one-size-fits-all laces are available in neutrals like gray and white, as well as vibrant colors like hot pink and apple green.
This Detangling Wet Brush That Reviewers Swear By
One reviewer wrote that this
detangling brush is "perfect for my fine hair that tangles very easily." The brush's secret lies in the skinny, flexible bristles and cushioned bed which work to detangle without snagging or tugging. Use it with a little conditioner in the shower for smooth, tangle-free tresses.
The Cleaning Towels That Just Need Water To Work
Instead of using paper towels and chemical cleaning fluid, use these
reusable cleaning towels with just a little bit of water. The towels are made with super fine Nanolon fibers, which attract dust, dirt, and grime while you clean. They're safe to use on most surfaces — like glass, mirrors, tile, wood, stainless steel, and granite — and shouldn't leave streaks behind.
A Water Strainer That Clips Onto The Side Of Your Pot
Draining a big pot of pasta, potatoes, or veggies really requires
three hands, which is why this clip-on strainer is such a useful invention. It clips right onto the edge of most pots or pans, freeing up both hands to tip over and strain into the sink. The strainer is dishwasher-safe and heat-resistant.
These Comfy Gel Pads That Cushion The Balls Of Your Feet
Alleviate pain on the balls of your feet with these washable and reusable
ball-of-foot cushions that anchor in place by looping around your second toe. Made from squishy medical-grade gel, they evenly distribute pressure and work to prevent blisters and foot fatigue. The set also comes with a pair of gel pads that you can stick directly into your shoes.
This Organizer For All Your Tiny Electronics Accessories
electronic accessories organizer is great for traveling, but it's just as useful to have around the house or at work. It features zippered pockets and elastics of various sizes to secure chargers, cables, battery packs, thumb drives, and more. The water-resistant case folds up flat and buckles closed, so it's easy to stow in your suitcase.
An Essential Oil Roller That Helps Relieve Headache Pain
essential oil for migraines and headaches is a must-have for anyone dealing with migraines or tension headaches. Formulated with a base of fractionated coconut oil, it uses a blend of three therapeutic-grade essential oils — lavender, peppermint, and spearmint — which work together to help minimize pain and nausea. Roll it on your temples and the back of your neck.
This Hanging Jewelry Organizer That Fits Right In Your Closet
Ditch your jumbled jewelry box and opt for this double-sided
hanging jewelry organizer instead. On one side, the organizer features 40 transparent pockets for earrings, rings, bracelets, and watches. On the other, there are 20 loops for storing necklaces without tangling. Snap it onto a clothes hanger and hook it over your closet rod. Bustle may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently of Bustle's editorial and sales departments.
This article was originally published on
Feb. 4, 2020